It started with two sisters that recognized how the Internet transformed their grandparents lives by learning the basic skills such as emailing, Facebook and Skype.
Inspired by this realization, the sisters started the Cyber-Seniors program to help other seniors get online.
They developed a training manual and recruited their friends to visit a local retirement home twice a week to teach interested seniors how to use the Internet. The seniors all had different interests. Some were eager to get onto Facebook to see photos of their grandkids, while others wanted to play online games, and everyone wanted to use email.
The program had many unexpected and exciting offshoots, including the creation of Cyber-Seniors Corner, a YouTube Channel where student-senior teams were encouraged to upload a short video featuring a senior sharing their wisdom or humor.
Recently Harvard’s Making Caring Common Project released their survey after interviewing 10,000 middle and high school students about what they believed matters most to their parents, the results were achievement and happiness followed by concern and caring for others. There have been many articles since this study was revealed about how parents can instill ways of caring for others.
Cyber-Seniors Documentary brings together two generations and you will witness how students are making a difference in their community and the seniors are loving being engaged in cyberspace and connecting with loved ones from afar.
How can your teen become a cyber-mentor?
If they are a student, and want to get community service credits or are just interested in helping a grandparent, family member or someone else in your community develop cyber-skills, here’s how:
- Download the Cyber-Seniors Trainer’s Teaching Guide and Participant’s Handbook.
- ‘Find a Senior Citizen that would like to be cyber-savvy by reaching out to a senior in your community – or your own grandparents?
- Provide the senior with a Participant’s Handbook and use the Trainer’s Teaching Guide to direct you through the lessons.
- Have fun knowing that you are enriching the life of an important person in your community!
Get started today. Encourage your friends and relatives to join you.
Paying it forward is truly a gift that keeps on giving. Kindness matters, it's a lesson that never gets old.
Learn more at Cyber-Seniors Documentary.